T. Described as ‘a living relic of a fossil genus’, this deciduous tree was found in China in 1945. (It had only been known previously in the fossilised state.) It is the only species of the genus Metasequoia and in China the largest of the 1,000 trees discovered was 115 ft. tall and 11 ft. in diameter. The soft feathery green foliage is reminiscent of the swamp cypress (taxodium) and assumes reddish-brown tints in autumn. Growth is very vigorous. This tree seems to fare best on moist soils and probably prefers a mild climate.